BFI Black Star is the UK's biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.
Black Star celebrates the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen.
The landmark film season at BFI Southbank is themed to enable audiences to explore different areas of black stardom, from the rich history of transatlantic stardom and the early years of Hollywood, to Baadasssss rebels and the stars of black comedies and romances. There will be focuses on key black stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Paul Robeson, Pam Grier, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dorothy Dandridge and David Oyelowo.
Black Star programmer Ashley Clark says "We'll travel back to the earliest days of American cinema, where black performers fought against racism and stereotypes to blaze a trail for their inheritors to tread. We'll look at the giant impact of small-screen performers in Britain, holla at the hip-hop screen queens and kings of the 1990s, and head beyond Nollywood to showcase fresh Nigerian talent. From Blaxploitation to the LA Rebellion, Poitier to Prince, and Josephine Baker to Ice Cube, there's something for everyone in Black Star."
Films in the programme include Coming to America, Boyz n the Hood, In the Heat of the Night, Stormy Weather, Jackie Brown and Purple Rain.
The season will run from October to November, in cinemas across London and around the UK.
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